If there was any doubt about Maryland hurdler Renaldo Nehemiah's sprinting abilities, it was laid to rest here this weekend in the Atlantic Coast Conference Track and Field Championships at the University of North Carolina.
After running 10.1 in the 100 meters and 20.38 in the 200 meters in Friday's trials, Nehemiah-the world record-holder in the 110-meter hurdles-continued his world-class sprinting today by winning the 100-meter final in 10.2 and the 200 in 20.37. He also anchored the Treps to a meet-record 40.2 victory in the 400-meter relay.
"I wanted to prove to a lot of people that I can be a sprinter, that I am an all-round athlete, a sprinter and a hurdler," said the Maryland sophomore, who received the Robert Fetzer Award as the meet's outstanding performer.
"I knew he was going to be a great hurdler when I recruited him, but I didn't know he was going to be one of the greatest sprinters in the world," said Maryland Coach Frank Costello, whose team won a 24th consecutive ACC outdoor title.
The Terrapins scored 212 points, winning 11 of the 21 events in the two-day championship.
Virginia was second with 101 1/2 points and new league member Georgia Tech took third with 86 points. North Carolina State had 75 1/2, North Carolina 67, Clemson 50, Duke 21 and Wake Forest 6.
In addition to Nehemiah's domination of the sprints, teammate Dennis Ivory completed a sweep today. Winner of the long jump Friday, Ivory leaped a meet-record 53 feet 3/4 inches to win the triple jump.
Maryland's Ward Wilson was second at 48-5 1/2 and teammate Al Ball took fifth as the Terps piled up 20 points in the event.
The most sentimental victory may have come in the 110-meter hurdles, which Nehemiah did not enter. Terp senior Greg Robertson won his fourth consecutive ACC title, running 14.08 seconds.
Winning four straight hurdles crowns is an amazing accomplishment, but Robertson did it in an unbelievable way. Injured in a car accident last summer, the Terp hurdler was told by some doctors that he would not be able to run this year. But the South Bend, Ind., native worked himself back into shape in the fall and went on to win All-America honors indoors this year.
"He showed me a lot of class as a person," said Costello.
Freshman Chris Person, who was second in the high hurdles, spoiled Robertson's bid for the crown in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles. Person ran a meet-record 50.68 seconds to defeat Virginia's Karl Williams (50.92) and Robertson (51.37).